The Chronicle are reporting that Newcastle United have held discussions with 29-year-old South Korea captain Ki Sung-yueng.
The central midfielder’s contract at Swansea runs out tomorrow, and he will not be staying with Swansea in the Championship.
This gives Newcastle a good chance of getting a decent experienced Premier League player in at a reasonable price (at least the transfer fee is zero) with Everton also interested as were AC Milan.
But Newcastle seemingly confident they can sign the 29-year-old.
Back in August 2012, Swansea paid Celtic £6M for the central midfielder after he had been at Celtic for three seasons.
29-year-old South Korea captain Ki Sung-yueng – a free agent from Swansea
This was Swansea’s record transfer fee until it was later broken by Wilfried Bony joining the Swans.
Ki Sung-yueng has played for the Swans 162 times with 12 goals and 11 assists, and he spent the 2013-2014 on loan at Sunderland where he played 34 times with 4 goals and 3 assists.
The 6ft 2ins tall player held talks with Newcastle almost immediately after South Korea’s World Cup exit, and the Chronicle are reporting he has already had a medical at Newcastle.
He could even be announced tomorrow as a Newcastle player if there no snags.
The midfielder plays in the holding central midfielder position and would bring a lot of experience to Newcastle.
Ki Sung-yueng has admitted his frustration that Swansea couldn’t avoid the drop:
“I’m really frustrated and disappointed.” “I believe Swansea will come back stronger and find the philosophy of the club for the fans.”
It seems that Newcastle identified the South Korean as a target early on and move for him immediately after the World Cup finished for Ki Sung-yueng and South Korea.
Rafa does an excellent job of knowing who’s available on a free transfer and which players have only one year left on their contracts.
He has played 104 times for South Korea with 10 goals since making his debut as a 19-year-old back in June 2008, in a 2010 World Cup qualification match against Jordan.
The South Korean would be another bargain buy for Newcastle if we can sign him, and he has significant Premier League experience; he has played 139 PL games for the Swans with 12 goals.
What do you think?